I was invited to witness the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between several institutions here in Cebu and the inventor of VEDU, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it.
Luckily, my contact sent some photos after the event held last Tuesday, November 23rd, together with the press release.
I’m sure this is the first time you’ve heard about VEDU. Well, it’s actually a web-based interactive virtual education system utilizing virtual workspaces that includes class records, classrooms, and bookshelves, among others. Though VEDU is a web or internet-based application, it’s still unclear if it works the same way as the perfect cloud-computing model or concept. Anyway, I’ll try to scour more information about that. For the meantime, you may read the full press release below.
PRESS RELEASE: 11/24/2010
Institutions sign up for VEDU pilot application
A trailblazing milestone is underway in the Philippine’s information highway as three institutions formally signed up for the pilot application of VEDU, a web-based interactive virtual education system.
The Department of Science and Technology Region 7 (DOST 7) Assistant Regional Director Engr. Edilberto Paradela, University of San Carlos Vice President for Academic Affairs Fr. Felino Jun Jabines SVD and Rotary Club Fuente of Cebu President Elect Ms. Dinna Ramos signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with inventor and patent owner Engr. Francis Dy of Nextmind Inc.
VEDU maximizes the use of information and communication technologies to allow classes or trainings to be conducted online. It mimics a physical classroom through audio, video and internet usage. With the use of interactive multimedia, learning can be fun and motivating for the students.
The invention offer several benefits like providing an alternative educational platform to private and public organizations, addressing classroom shortage in the country, allowing cost-effective delivery of education to far-flung places to increase literacy rate, and opening up business opportunities for individuals with Educational Content to offer their expertise online.
The advantage of VEDU is it can simulate actual, synchronous and centrally controlled interactions between teachers and students by using tools like virtual workspaces. These tools include virtual class records, virtual classrooms, and virtual bookshelves, all running in web-based or internet-based networked computer systems. Security is incorporated with state-of-the-art encryption technology that can authenticate, verify passwords and manage database.
Other institutions have also been identified to avail of the pilot application of VEDU. These are the Skygo Marketing Corporation and the Queen City Foods Chain Incorporated, the operator of Dunkin Donuts in Visayas and Mindanao, among others.
|(left-right) Rotary Club Fuente of Cebu President Elect Ms. Dinna Ramos, VEDU Inventor Engr. Francis Dy, Department of Science and Technology Region 7 (DOST 7) Assistant Regional Director Engr. Edilberto Paradela and University of San Carlos Vice President for Academic Affairs Fr. Felino Jun Jabines SVD|
Engr. Francis Dy is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of San Carlos and an Executive-Master of Business Administration. He has recently been awarded Regional Winner of the Invention Category in the Visayas Islands Invention Contests and Exhibits conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for his invention VEDU, a web-based interactive virtual education system.
Nextmind Inc. led by Engr. Dy and the institutions who signed up for the MOA will collaborate in the evaluation and testing of VEDU. The institutions will have the right to use the software VEDU for a period of one year from official release and installation of the VEDU Beta version.
Nextmind Inc. will install the VEDU software to the institutions concerned and provide guidance, training and technical support services. Likewise, the institutions concerned will provide Internet connection and other hardware and software requirements for VEDU implementation into their system and will evaluate and test its features and functions for greater improvement.
Thanks to Ms. April Tudtud-Ramos for sending this in!